"THE GOLD BUG"
SUNDAY PIX was a long-running weekly newspaper-style comics section published by David C. Cook for churches and Sunday schools. It was available by subscriptions, but was not usually sold on newsstands or at comic-book shops.
For decades, its cover-feature was various stories from The Bible. However, early in its run, the covers features "Classic" stories. And the very first of these was...
"THE GOLD BUG"
...one of Edgar Allan Poe's most popular stories, perhaps because rather than horror, it was a combination mystery-adventure.
It was some time into this project before I even became aware of this version, and it's been some challenge tracking down scans of it. As it happens, so far, the ONLY scans I've been able to find were the usual small ones posted at the Grand Comics Database site (GCD), and that's only because of the luck that the story was serialized on the front pages! So far, my attempts to track down the person who had their hands on these to scan them, any editor at the GCD who might have access to larger scans, or the actual magazines themselves so
I could do my own scans, have met with nothing but dead ends. MANY issues of SUNDAY PIX can be found for sale at Ebay... but so far, none this early in the run.
Only a week after promoting this page (7-12-2018), I was contacted by Keith Morgan (alias "Super Scrounge"), who told me how I could access the full-size scans at the GCD. Strangely, I was unable to do this... but Keith did, and e-mailed me the 12 (of 13) he was able to grab. I've now (7-20-18) upgraded the images for #3-14, so people (including me) can actually read this thing.
I'd still like to put out a request for help to find #1 (completely missing) and #2 (which I only have the small image of). I never know what may turn up when.
The artist here is Joseph Wirt Tillotson, who also went by the name of "Robert Fuqua". In addition to SUNDAY PIX, he also did quite a lot of illustrations for various pulp magazines.
SUNDAY PIX 1
(David C. Cook / May 1, 1949)
"THE GOLD BUG" / Version 1
Adaptation by David S. Piper (?) / Art by JOSEPH WIRT TILLOTSON
SUNDAY PIX 2 (May 8, 1949)
AMAZING STORIES (January 1939)
cover by JOSEPH WIRT TILLOTSON
Scans of SUNDAY PIX #3-14 (1949) from the GCD site,
supplied by Keith Morgan (alias "Super Scrounge") with special thanks!
Scan of AMAZING STORIES (January 1939) from the Tumblr site.
Photo of Joseph Wirt Tillotson from the Pulp Artists.com site.
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.
Read about Joseph Wirt Tillotson at the Pulp Artists site.
Read about Joseph Wirt Tillotson at the SF Encyclopedia site.
Read about Joseph Wirt Tillotson at the Amazing Stories site.
See more art by Joseph Wirt Tillotson at Google Images.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about FAMILY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about THE GOLD BUG at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.
See the GOLD BUG Gallery of Illustrations.
Hear the Vincent Price GOLD BUG recording!
Hear the FAMILY THEATER episode!
Read the Joseph Wirt Tillotson GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Alex A. Blum GOLD BUG adaptation!
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See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!
Don't miss the BONUS GALLERY of ILLUSTRATIONS up next!
(Continued in Poe 1949, Pt. 2)